Windows firewall can be enabled/disabled from command line using
Windows 10 / Windows 8/ Windows 7 / Server 2008 /Vista:
Let’s see the syntax of
netsh advfirewall to configure firewall on these Windows versions. Firewall settings are different for each of the 3 networks(Domain, private, public). So based on which network firewall you want to enable/disable, the command would vary.
You can turn on firewall for the current network profile(does not matter if it’s domain/private/public network) using the below command.
netsh advfirewall set currentprofile state on
Turn off firewall for the current profile:
netsh advfirewall set currentprofile state off
These commands should be run from an elevated administrator command prompt. Otherwise you would get the below error.
C:\>netsh advfirewall set currentprofile state on The requested operation requires elevation (Run as administrator).
To enable/disable firewall for a specific network profile, you can use the below commands.
Turn on Domain network firewall:
netsh advfirewall set domainprofile state on
Turn off domain network firewall:
netsh advfirewall set domainprofile state off
Turn on private network firewall:
netsh advfirewall set privateprofile state on
Turn off private network firewall:
netsh advfirewall set privateprofile state off
Turn on public network firewall:
netsh advfirewall set publicprofile state on
Turn off public network firewall:
netsh advfirewall set publicprofile state off
Configure for all networks
Turn on firewall for all networks
netsh advfirewall set allprofiles state on
Turn off firewall for all networks
netsh advfirewall set allprofiles state off
Older Windows versions – XP / Server 2003:
Below is the command to turn on firewall.
netsh firewall set opmode mode=ENABLE
The command to turn off firewall is:
netsh firewall set opmode mode=DISABLE
Administrator privileges are required to configure firewall so above command can be run only from admin accounts.
netsh firewall is deprecated in new versions.
In Windows 10/ 8 / 7 / Vista/ Server 2008, ‘netsh firewall‘ command prints message like below.
c:\>netsh firewall set opmode mode=ENABLE IMPORTANT: "netsh firewall" is deprecated; use "netsh advfirewall firewall" instead. Though the command still works, it's preferable to use the new set of commands provided with netsh command.
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